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10 Dream Skyscrapers to Photograph

An awe-inspiring skyscraper isn’t just an architect’s proud achievement; it’s a monument to man’s achievements. Each building represents a very distinct era in our history - no matter its height. For instance, ancient buildings may not technically be skyscrapers by today’s standards. But they tower over the cityscapes of their era, and we can’t help but include some in our list of 10 Dream Skyscrapers to Photograph.(Reported by Isaiah Tan)

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10) The Woolworth Building, New York, 1913.

Architectural Style: Neo-Gothic
Shot with Canon EOS 600D

 

Tallest building in the world from 1913 to 1930. The intricately designed and detailed cruciform lobby, with its high arches and ornate frescos, is said to be one of the most spectacular of the early 20th century in New York City.

9) Westminster Abbey, London, 10th Century

Architectural Style: A large Gothic church with elaborate decorations and carvings.
Shot with Canon EOS 5D

 

The traditional coronation site for English and British monarchs. The building is shaped like a cross from the aerial view.

8) Petronas Twin Towers, Malaysia, 1998

Architectural Style: Post-Modern
Shot with Canon EOS-1D Mark III

 

Tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and still the tallest twin towers in the world today. These towers are the most iconic landmark of Malaysia.

7) The Chrysler Building, New York, 1930.

Architectural Style: Art Deco
Shot with Canon EOS 50D

 

The building is an amazing achievement because it was built at a pace of 4 floors a week! Thanks to this pace and the inclusion of a ‘secret’ spire, it surpassed 40 Wall Street and claimed the status of tallest building in the world for just over a year - from May 27, 1930 to April 30, 1931.

The highlight is the ‘crown’, consisting of seven radiating arches, with triangular windows in a sunburst pattern. The 61st floor corners are graced with eagles; the corner ornamentation on the 31st floor are replicas of 1929 Chrysler radiator caps.

6) The Empire State Building, New York, 1931.

Architectural Style: Art Deco
Shot with Canon EOS 50D

The tallest building in the world for nearly 40 years, the Empire State Building is a very iconic American structure featured in many films.

 

One of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, it was the first building with over 100 floors. The 103rd floor and the distinctive spire were originally designed as a disembarkation floor for airships.

5) The Burj Kalifa, Dubai, 2010

Architectural Style: Neo-Futurism
Shot with Canon EOS 5D Mark II

At 829.8m, it is the tallest skyscraper in the world since 2010. The design is based on patterning systems in Islamic architecture.

Some of the best photographic moments of iconic buildings are during special occasions. When Burj Kalifa celebrated its first anniversary, it was the highest New Year fireworks display ever.

4) The Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt, circa 2580-2560 BC.

Architectural Style: Ancient Egyptian
Shot with Canon EOS 5D

The oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it was the tallest man-made structure in the world for over 3,800 years. How it was constructed still baffles architects today.

This massive structure is so accurate and precise that that the four base sides have an average error of only 58 millimetres. Consisting of 2.3 million blocks and originally 146.5 metres tall, The Great Pyramid is absolutely astounding.

3) The Colosseum, Italy, 70 to 80 AD.

Architectural Style: Ancient Roman
Shot with Canon EOS 400D

The Colosseum is the largest amphitheatre in the world.

Still standing even after several earthquakes, this shows how advanced the Romans were in architecture. Notable features include the three-pinned arches, Doric, Ionic and Corinthian columns and an aqueduct that flowed into the ‘stage’ for mock water battles.

2) Walkie Talkie, London, 2014

Architectural Style: Modern
Shot with Canon EOS 5D Mark III

This building has been nicknamed ‘Walkie Scorchie’ because its concave mirrored design reflects sun-rays onto the streets, melting cars, floors, and other materials.

While the effect has been muted by a ‘brise soleil’ sunshade and it’s not really an architectural achievement, this building takes second place because it is definitely a very hot topic.

1) The Kailasa Temple, Ellora, India, 756-774 CE.

Architectural Style: Dravidian Rock-Cut Architecture
Shot with Canon EOS 1000D

Rock-cut architecture involves excavating rock from natural areas. The architectural planning required is mind-boggling.

Over 400,000 tons of rocks were excavated over hundreds of years to construct this monolithic structure.

Structures like these are constantly eroding and deteriorating over time. A well-planned photograph could preserve and showcase to the world these monuments of our culture and time.

Isaiah Tan

 

A professional videographer with a love for photography, Isaiah runs a video production company, a wedding video/photo business, as well as a small bar in Singapore. He enjoys experimenting with different photographic techniques and always wants to learn and discover more of the world around him.

 
 
 

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